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Ray Bradbury




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"All Summer in a Day"
© F&SF, Mar 1954
A Medicine for Melancholy, 1959
--/ cool sf story

"Almost the End of the World"
© The Reporter, Dec 1957
The Day It Rained Forever, 1959
The Machineries of Joy, 1964

"And the Moon Be Still as Bright"
(The Martian Chronicles)
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Jun 1948
The Martian Chronicles, 1950
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ style award
--/ wonder award


"And the Rock Cried Out"
(also as "The Millionth Murder")
(part of "Fahrenheit 451")
© Manhunt, Sep 1953
Fahrenheit 451, 1953
The Day It Rained Forever, 1959
--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ idea award

"Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby's
Is a Friend of Mine"
(also as "The Best of Times")
© McCall's, Jan 1966
I Sing the Body Electric, 1969

"The April Witch"
© The Saturday Evening Post, Apr 1952
The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953
--/ cool f story
--/ style award

"Asleep in Armageddon"
(also as "Perchance to Dream'')
© Planet Stories, Win 1948
The Day It Rained Forever, 1959
--/ cool sf story

"At Midnight, In the Month of June"
© Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Jun 1954
--/ cool ghost f story
--/ style award
--/ rare find

"The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms"
(also as "The Fog Horn")
© The Saturday Evening Post, Jun 1951
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"The Best of All Possible Worlds"
© Playboy, Aug 1960
The Machineries of Joy, 1964

"The Best of Times"
(also as "Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby's...")
© McCall's, Jan 1966
I Sing the Body Electric, 1969

"The Beautiful One Is Here"
(also as "I Sing the Body Electric!")
© McCalls, Aug 1969
I Sing the Body Electric, 1969

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"The Better Part of Wisdom"
© Harper's Weekly, Sep 1976
Long After Midnight, 1976

The story is about a grandfather coming to terms with his grandson's homosexuality. The old man remembers the love and warmth and thrill of a boyhood friendship, and relates that to the way his son feels about his love interest. Controversial subject matter, sensitive treatment, but completely misses the point.
review: 8-Sep-06 (read in 1987)

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"The Big Black and White Game"
©The American Mercury, Aug 1945
The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953

"The Black Ferris"
© Weird Tales, May 1948
The Stories Of Ray Bradury, 1980
Vokrug Sveta, 1982
--foreign short story : 1973 Seiun W
--/ cool f story
--/ idea award

"The Blue Bottle"
(also as "Death-Wish")
© Planet Stories, Fll 1950
Long After Midnight, 1976
--foreign short story : 1972 Seiun W
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"Boys! Raise Giant Mushroom In Your Cellar!"
(also as "Come Into My Cellar")
© Galaxy, Oct 1962
The Machineries of Joy, 1964
--/ cool f story
--/ wonder award

"The Burning Man"
© Ariel, 1977
Long After Midnight, 1976

"Carnival of Madness"
(also as "Usher II")
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Apr 1950
--/ cool f story

"Changeling"
© Super Science Stories, Jul 1949

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"Chrysalis"
© Amazing, Jul 1946
S Is for Space, 1966
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ shock value
--/ idea award: metamorphosis


Cocoons, metamorphosis, disasterous mutations resulting from the best intentions combine to become a super-specimen (remember "The Fly" movie?). Here we have an insect-like mutation of a man in a wonderful "purple" pulp style, predictable creepiness and the overall guilty pleasure of a shocking pulp-tale professionally told, which is quite rare for Bradbury. He was probably feeling more "guilt" after writing this story than necessary, and that is why we've not been treated to such cool stuff ever since. (admittedly, Bradbury wrote a lot for "Weird Tales" and other pulps in the forties, which is a wonderful thing, but in the fifties he put a stop to that)
review: 13-Jul-06 (read in 1984)

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"The City"
(also as "Purpose")
© Startling Stories, Jul 1950
The Illustrated Man, 1951

"The Cold Wind And The Warm"
© Harpers, July 1964
I Sing The Body Electric, 1969
--/ style award

"Come Into My Cellar"
(also as "Boys!
Raise Giant Mushroom In Your Cellar!"
)
© Galaxy, Oct 1962
The Machineries of Joy, 1964
--/ cool f story
--/ wonder award

"The Concrete Mixer"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Apr 1949
The Illustrated Man, 1951
--/ cool sf story

"Cora and the Great Wide World Over There"
(also as "The Great Wide World OverThere")
© Maclean's, Aug 1952
The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953

"The Creatures That Time Forgot"
(also as "Frost and Fire")
© Planet Stories, Fall 1946
--/ third place space sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


"The Crowd"
© Weird Tales, May 1943
Dark Carnival, 1947
The October Country, 1955
--/ cool f story
--/ idea award


"Dandelion Wine" (nv)
© 1953-1957, stories
novel : 1964, Bantam Books
--/ third place f novel
--/ style award
--/ wonder award
--/ emotion award


"Dark They Were, And Golden-Eyed"
(also as "The Naming Of Names")
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Aug 1949
A Medicine For Melancholy, 1959
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"Darling Adolf"
© 1976, Long After Midnight

"The Day It Rained Forever"
© Harper's, Jul 1957
A Medicine For Melancholy, 1959
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

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"Death And The Maiden"
© F&SF, Mar 1960
The Machineries Of Joy, 1964
--/ cool f story
--/ style award

A touching tale, or rather a fable, one of a kind. An 80-year old man/woman is born. Quite an idea.
review: 07-Jul-06 (read in 1983)

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"Death-By-Rain"
(also as "The Long Rain")
© Planet Stories, Sum 1950
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Death-Wish"
(also as "The Blue Bottle")
© Planet Stories, Fll 1950
Long After Midnight, 1976
--foreign short story : 1972 Seiun W
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award


"Doodad"
© Astounding Stories, Sep 1943
russ. as "Shtukovina"
--/ fourth place f story
--/ idea award
--/ rare find


"Downwind From Gettysburg"
© Playboy, Jun 1969
I Sing The Body Electric, 1969

"The Dragon"
© Esquire, Aug 1955
R Is For Rocket, 1962

"Drink Entire : Against The Madness Of Crowds"
© Gallery, Apr 1976
Long After Midnight, 1976
--/ cool sf story

"The Drummer Boy Of Shiloh"
© The Saturday Evening Post, Apr 1960
The Machineries Of Joy, 1964

"The Earth Men"
(The Martian Chronicles)
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Aug 1948
The Martian Chronicles, 1950
--/ third place space sf story
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ wonder award


"Embroidery"
© Marvel Science Fiction, Nov 1951
The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953
--/ cool sf story

"The Emissary"
© Weird Tales, 1944
Dark Carnival, 1950
--/ cool f story

"The End of the Beginning"
(also as "Next Stop: The Stars")
© Maclean's, Oct 27 1956
A Medicine for Melancholy, 1959

"En La Noche"
(also as "Torrid Sacrifice")
© Cavalier, Nov 1952
The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953

"The Exiles"
(also as "The Mad Wizards of Mars" )
© Maclean's, Sep 15 1949
also in - F&SF, Win 1950
The Illustrated Man, 1951
--/ cool sf story


"Fahrenheit 451" (nv)
(exp. from "The Fireman")
© Galaxy, Feb 1951
book: Ballantine, 1953
--hall of fame : 1984 Prometheus W
--all time sf novel : 1987 Locus /40
--sf novel (before 1990) : 1998 Locus /29
--book : 1956 Astounding/Analog All-Time Poll /25 (tie)
--sf book : 2002 Geffen W

--/ third place sf novel
--/ style award
--/ idea award
--/ emotion award


"A Final Sceptre, a Lasting Crown"
(also as "Henry the Ninth")
© F&SF, Oct 1969
I Sing the Body Electric, 1969
  
"Final Victim"
(with Henry Hasse)
© Amazing Stories, Feb 1946
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ rare find


"The Fire Balloons"
(also as "In This Sign...")
(The Martian Chronicles)
© Imagination, Apr 1951
The Silver Locusts, 1951
The Illustrated Man, 1951
The Martian Chronicles, UK 1953
--/ cool sf story

"The Fireman"
(exp. into "Fahrenheit 451")
© Galaxy, Feb 1951
--hall of fame : 1984 Prometheus W
--all time sf novel : 1987 Locus /40
--sf novel (before 1990) : 1998 Locus /29

--/ third place sf novella
--/ style award
--/ idea award
--/ emotion award


"The Flying Machine"
© The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1952

"The Fog Horn"
(also as "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms")
© The Saturday Evening Post, Jun 1951
The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"Forever and the Earth"
© Planet Stories, Spr 1950
Long After Midnight, 1976
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"The Fox and the Forest"
(also as "To the Future")
© Colliers, May 1950
russ. as "Koshki Myshki"
--/ cool sf story

"Frost and Fire" (nv)
(also as "The Creatures That Time Forgot")
© Planet Stories, Fall 1946
R Is for Rocket, 1962
--/ third place space sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ awesome scale


"The Fruit At The Bottom Of The Bowl"
© 1948, Detective Book Magazine
The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953

"The Garbage Collector"
© The Nation, Oct 1953
The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"Getting Through Sunday Somehow"
(also as "Tread Lightly to the Music")
© Cavalier, Oct 1962
Long After Midnight, 1976
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"The Gift"
© Esquire, Dec 1952
also - Fantastic, Jul 1959
R Is for Rocket, 1962
--/ cool sf story

"The Golden Apples of the Sun"
© Planet Stories, Nov 1953
The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ idea award
--/ style award


"The Golden Kite, the Silver Wind"
© Epoch, Win 1953
The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953

"Gotcha!"
© Redbook, Aug 1978
The Stories of Ray Bradbury, 1980
--short story : 1979 Locus /12
--/ cool f story

"The Great Fire"
© Seventeen, Mar 1949
The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953

"The Great Wide World OverThere"
(also as "Cora and the Great Wide World Over There")
© Maclean's, Aug 15 1952
The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953

"The Green Morning"
(The Martian Chronicles)
© The Martian Chronicles, 1950


"Hail and Farewell"
© Today, Mar 29 1953
The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953
--/ cool sf story

"The Halloween Tree" (nv)
© 1972, Bantam books
--/ third place f novel
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


"The Handler"
© Weird Tales, Jan 1947
Dark Carnival, 1947
The Small Assassin, 1962
--/ cool f story

"The Haunting of the New"
© Vogue (UK), Oct 1969
I Sing the Body Electric, 1969
russ. as "Chas Privideni"

"Have I Got a Chocolate Bar for You!"
© Penthouse, Oct 1973
Long After Midnight, 1976

"Heavy-Set"
© Playboy, Oct 1964
I Sing the Body Electric, 1969

"Henry the Ninth"
(also as "A Final Sceptre, a Lasting Crown")
© F&SF, Oct 1969
I Sing the Body Electric, 1969

"Here There Be Tygers"
© New Tales of Space and Time, ed. R.Healy, 1951
also in - Amazing Stories, 1953
The Day It Rained Forever, 1959
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ idea award


"The Highway"
(as by Leonard Spalding)
© Copy, Spr 1950
The Illustrated Man, 1951
--/ cool sf story

"Hollerbochen's Dilemma"
© Imagination, Jan 1938
(first story in print)
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"Homecoming"
© Mademoiselle, Oct 1946
Dark Carnival, 1947
The October Country, 1955

"I, Mars"
(also as "Night Call, Collect")
© Super Science Stories, Apr 1949
I Sing the Body Electric, 1969
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award

"I See You Never"
© New Yorker, Nov 1947
The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953
--/ cool sf story

"I Sing the Body Electric!"
(also as "The Beautiful One Is Here")
© McCalls, Aug 1969
I Sing the Body Electric, 1969

"I'll Not Look for Wine"
(also as "Ylla")
(The Martian Chronicles)
© Maclean's, Jan 1950
The Martian Chronicles, 1950
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


"The Illustrated Man"
© Esquire, Jul 1950
The Vintage Bradbury, 1965
--/ cool sf story

"The Illustrated Man" (coll)
© 1951, Bantam books
--fiction : 1952 International Fantasy
--book : 1952 Astounding/Analog All-Time Poll /10
--book : 1956 Astounding/Analog All-Time Poll /22 (tie)
--all-time collection : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /33

--/ third place sf collection
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


"Impossible"
(also as "The Martian")
(The Martian Chronicles)
© Super Science Stories, Nov 1949
The Martian Chronicles, 1950
--/ cool sf story

"In a Season of Calm Weather"
(also as "The Picasso Summer")
© Playboy, Jan 1957
The Stories of Ray Bradbury, 1980
russ. as "Barkhatny Sezon"
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"The Inspired Chicken Motel"
(also as "The Inspired Chicken Bungalow Court")
© West, Nov 1969
I Sing the Body Electric, 1969

"Interval in Sunlight"
© Esquire, Mar 1954
Long After Midnight, 1976

"In This Sign..."
(also as "The Fire Balloons")
(The Martian Chronicles)
© Imagination, Apr 1951
The Silver Locusts, 1951
The Illustrated Man, 1951
The Martian Chronicles, UK 1953
--/ cool sf story

"Invisible Boy"
© 1945, Mademoiselle
The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953

"The Jar"
© Weird Tales, Nov 1944
Dark Carnival, 1947
The October Country, 1955
--/ cool f story

"Kaleidoscope"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Oct 1949
The Illustrated Man, 1951
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


"The Killimanjaro Device"
(also as "The Kilimanjaro Machine")
© Life, Jan 1965
I Sing the Body Electric, 1969

"King of the Gray Spaces"
(also as "R Is for Rocket")
© Famous Fantastic Mysteries, Dec 1943
Tomorrow Midnight, 1966

"The Lake"
© Weird Tales, May 1944
Dark Carnival, 1947
The October Country, 1955
--/ cool f story

"The Last Circus"
© 1943, original
The Last Circus, 1980
The Toynbee Convector, 1988

"The Last Night of the World"
© Esquire, Feb 1951
The Illustrated Man, 1951
--/ cool sf story

"The Last, the Very Last"
(also as "The Time Machine")
(Dandelion Wine)
© The Reporter, Jun 1955
R Is for Rocket, 1962
Dandelion Wine, 1964
--/ cool f story
--/ emotion award

"The Life Work Of Juan Diaz"
© Playboy, Sep 1963
The Machineries of Joy, 1964
russ. as "Delo Moei Zhizni"

"Long After Midnight"
(also as "The Long-After-Midnight Girl")
© Eros, Win 1963
Long After Midnight, 1976
--/ cool sf story

"Long After Midnight" (coll)
© 1976, Bantam Books
--collection/anthology : 1977 World Fantasy
--/ cool sf collection
--/ style award

"The Long Rain"
(also as "Death-by-Rain")
© Planet Stories, Sum 1950
The Illustrated Man, 1951
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Long Years"
(The Martian Chronicles)
© McLeans, Sep 1948
The Martian Chronicles, 1950

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"Lorelei of the Red Mist"
(with Leigh Brackett)
© Planet Stories, Sum 1946
--/ third place space sf novella
--/ adventure award
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


Undiluted, guilty pleasure of the vintage pulp adventure... full of dark (somber and even macabre) tones, bathed in rays of soaring, brittle light - a heady brew, an experience not unlike a pint of complex English stout (paired with an aged cheese), enjoyed on the stepstones of a looming cathedral, not far away from an ancient cemetery, watching the purple haze and glorious golden-lined clouds of a dying sunset. The plot is not that important; the intensity of the narrative is. One of the most "sword-and-sorcerish" tales of Brackett develops into an underwater ghost story, complete with weird ocean-tree gardens and hallucinogenic seascapes. Half-way through the story Ray Bradbury takes the reins and steers this incredible novella to even loftier poetic and heroic heights.
review: 28-Jul-06 (read in 1999)

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"The Lost City of Mars"
© Playboy, Jan 1967
I Sing the Body Electric, 1969

"The Love Affair"
© 1982, The Love Affair
© Mars Probes, ed. P. Crowther, 2002
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


"Luana The Living"
© Polaris, Jun 1940
--/ cool f story
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


"The Luggage Store"
(The Martian Chronicles)
© The Martian Chronicles, 1950

"The Mad Wizards of Mars"
(also as "The Exiles")
© Maclean's, Sep 15 1949
also in - F&SF Win/Spr 1950
The Illustrated Man, 1951
--/ cool sf story

"The Magic White Suit"
(also as "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit")
© Saturday Evening Post, Oct 1958
A Medicine for Melancholy, 1959

"The Man"
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Feb 1949
The Illustrated Man, 1951
--/ cool sf story

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"The Man in the Rorschach Shirt"
© Playboy, Oct 1966
I Sing the Body Electric, 1969

This is very self-indulgent Bradbury. It's good as a mainstream "musing", but a little too fanciful for my taste. A psychiatrist wears a shirt that shows people what they need to see. (good idea, btw)
review: 24-Sep-06 (read in 2002)

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"Marionettes, Inc"
(Marionettes, Inc)
© Startling Stories, Mar 1949
The Illustrated Man, 1951
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"Mars Is Heaven!"
(also as "The Third Expedition")
(The Martian Chronicles)
© Planet Stories, Fall 1948
The Martian Chronicles, 1950
--short story : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /27 (tie)
--/ third place space sf story
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ wonder award
--/ humour award


"The Martian"
(also as "Impossible")
© Super Science Stories, Nov 1949
The Martian Chronicles, 1950
--/ cool sf story

"The Martian Chronicles" (coll)
© 1950, Doubleday
--all time novel : 1975 Locus /24 (tie)
--all time sf novel : 1987 Locus /20
--sf novel (before 1990) : 1998 Locus /23
--book : 1952 Astounding/Analog All-Time Poll /7
--book : 1956 Astounding/Analog All-Time Poll /3 (tie)
--book : 1966 Astounding/Analog All-Time Poll /8
--all-time collection : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll W

--/ second place space sf collection
--/ style award
--/ wonder award
--/ emotion award


"The Meadow"
© The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953

"The Messiah"
© Welcome Aboard, Spr 1971
Long After Midnight, 1976

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"The Million Year Picnic"
(The Martian Chronicles)
©  Planet Stories, Sum 1946
The Martian Chronicles, 1950
--/ cool sf story

A rocket lands on Mars. It carries a husband and wife and three boys. Dad has a mysterious smile on his face, and his sons try to understand what is happening. Suddenly, they hear an explosion, and their rocket self-destructs. Dad explains that he has brought them away from Earth to start a new life on Mars. Dad lets his boys pick out a city to live in, and he burns a number of papers he brought from Earth, even a map of Earth. He then takes his boys to see some "Martians". He has them look into the canal at their own reflections. A perfect pioneer tale.
review: 28-Jul-06 (read in 1983)

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"The Millionth Murder"
(also as "And the Rock Cried Out")
(part of "Fahrenheit 451")
© Manhunt, Sep 1953
Fahrenheit 451, 1953
The Day It Rained Forever, 1959
--/ third place sf novel
--/ style award
--/ idea award
--/ emotion award


"A Miracle Of Rare Device"
© Playboy, Jan 1962
The Machineries of Joy, 1964

"The Miracles of Jamie"
© Charm, Apr 1946
Long After Midnight, 1976

"Mr. Pale"
© Driving Blind, 1997
--short story : 1998 Locus Poll
--collection : 1998 World Fantasy W

--/ fourth place apocalyptic sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ shock value


"The Murderer"
© The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953

"The Musicians"
(The Martian Chronicles)
© The Martian Chronicles, 1950
--/ cool sf story

"My Perfect Murder"
(also as "The Utterly Perfect Murder")
© Playboy, Aug 1971
Long After Midnight, 1976
--/ cool sf story

"The Naming of Names"
(also as "Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed")
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Aug 1949
A Medicine for Melancholy, 1959
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"Next Stop: The Stars"
(also as "The End of the Beginning")
© Maclean's, Oct 1956
A Medicine for Melancholy, 1959

"The Night"
(Dandelion Wine)
© Weird Tales, Jul 1946
Dandelion Wine, 1964
--/ style award

"Night Call, Collect"
(also as "I, Mars")
© Super Science Stories, Apr 1949
I Sing the Body Electric, 1969
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award

"Night Meeting"
(The Martian Chronicles)
© The Martian Chronicles, 1950
--/ cool sf story

"No Particular Night or Morning"
© The Illustrated Man, 1951

"The October Game"
© Weird Tales, Mar 1948
Long After Midnight, 1976
--/ fourth place f story
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


"The Off Season"
(The Martian Chronicles)
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Dec 1948
The Martian Chronicles, 1950
--/ cool sf story

"The Old Ones"
(The Martian Chronicles)
© The Martian Chronicles, 1950
--/ cool sf story

"The One Who Waits"
© Arkham Sampler, Sum 1949
The Machineries of Joy, 1964
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ idea award


"One Timeless Spring"
© Colliers, Apr 1946
Long After Midnight, 1974

"The Other Foot"
© New Story Magazine, Mar 1951
The Illustrated Man, 1951

"Outcast of the Stars"
(also as "The Rocket")
© Super Science Stories, Mar 1950
The Illustrated Man, 1951
--/ cool sf story

"The Parrot Who Met Papa"
© Playboy, Jan 1972
Long After Midnight, 1976

"Payment in Full"
(Martian Chronicles)
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Feb 1950
--/ cool sf story

"The Pedestrian"
© The Reporter, Aug 1951
also in - F&SF, Feb 1952
The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953
--/ cool sf story

"Perchance to Dream"
(also as "Asleep in Armageddon")
© Planet Stories, Win 1948
The Day It Rained Forever, 1959
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"Perhaps We Are Going Away"
© Topper, 1962
The Machineries Of Joy, 1962

"The Picasso Summer"
(also as "In a Season of Calm Weather")
© Playboy, Jan 1957
The Stories of Ray Bradbury, 1980
russ. as "Barkhatny Sezon"
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"A Piece of Wood"
© Esquire, Jun 1952
Long After Midnight, 1976
Russ. as "Rzhavchina"

"The Piper"
© Futuria Fantasia, Sum 1940
Thrilling Wonder Stories, 1943
--/ cool sf story

"The Playground"
© Esquire, Oct 1953
The Illustrated Man, 1952
Fahrenheit 451, 1953
--/ cool sf story
--/ emotion award

"Powerhouse"
© Charm, Mar 1948
The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953
--/ cool sf story

"The Prehistoric Producer"
(also as "Tyrannosaurus Rex")
© The Saturday Evening Post, Jun 23 1962
The Machineries of Joy, 1964
--/ cool time sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Pumpernickel"
© Colliers, May 1951
Long After Midnight, 1976

"Punishment Without Crime"
(Marionettes, Inc.)
© Other Worlds, Mar 1950
Tomorrow Midnight, 1966
Long After Midnight, 1976
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"Purpose"
(also as "The City")
© Startling Stories, Jul 1950
The Illustrated Man, 1951
--/ cool sf story
   
"R Is for Rocket"
(also as "King of the Gray Spaces")
© Famous Fantastic Mysteries, Dec 1943
R Is for Rocket, 1962
--/ cool sf story

"The Record"
(with Forrest J. Ackerman)
© Futuria Fantasia, Sum 1939
SF Worlds Of F.J. Ackerman, 1969
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ idea award
--/ wonder award
--/ rare find


"The Rocket"
(also as "Outcast of the Stars")
© Super Science Stories, Mar 1950
The Illustrated Man, 1951
--/ cool sf story
--/ emotion award

"The Rocket Man"
© Maclean's, Mar 1951
The Illustrated Man, 1951
--/ cool sf story

"A Scent of Sarsaparilla"
© Star Science Fiction # 1, 1953
Argosy (UK), Aug 1953
A Medicine for Melancholy, 1959

"The Sea Shell"
© Weird Tales, Jan 1944
Rovesnik, 1980
--/ cool f story
--/ wonder award

"A Serious Search for Weird Worlds" (nf)
© 6th Annual Year's Best SF, 1966

"The Settlers"
(The Martian Chronicles)
© The Martian Chronicles, 1950
--/ cool sf story

"The Shape of Things"
(also as "Tomorrow's Child")
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Feb 1948
I Sing the Body Electric, 1969
russ. as "I vse-taki nash..."
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


"The Shore"
(The Martian Chronicles)
© The Martian Chronicles, 1950
--/ cool sf story

"The Silent Towns"
(The Martian Chronicles)
© Charm, Mar 1949
The Martian Chronicles, 1950
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Smile"
© Fantastic, Sum 1952
A Medicine for Melancholy, 1959
--/ third place sf story
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ wonder award
--/ emotion award


"Something Wicked This Way Comes" (nv)
© 1962, Bantam Books
--all time fantasy novel : 1987 Locus /22
--fantasy novel (before 1990) : 1998 Locus /32 (tie)

--/ second place f novel
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ wonder award


"The Sound of Summer Running"
(also as "Summer in the Air")
(Dandelion Wine)
© The Saturday Evening Post, 1956
R Is for Rocket, 1962
--/ cool f story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


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"A Sound of Thunder"
© Colliers, Jun 1952
Planet Stories, Jan 1954
The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953
--short story : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /8 (tie)
--/ third place time sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ adventure award


You can not find more classic SF story about time-travel. A "required reading". The good news is that it is also thrilling to read. Time safari with huge consequences / ripples down the time-stream for squashing a butterfly. A highlight of Bradbury's writing carrer. It is also entirely possible, that it was the very first SF story I've read.
review: 04-Jul-06 (read in 1981)

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"A Story of Love"
(also as "These Things Happen")
© McCall's, May 1951
Long After Midnight, 1976

"The Strawberry Window"
© Star Science Fiction # 3, 1954
A Medicine for Melancholy, 1959
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award
--/ wonder award
--/ emotion award

"Summer in the Air"
(also as "The Sound of Summer Running")
(Dandelion Wine)
© The Saturday Evening Post, 1956
R Is for Rocket, 1962
--/ cool f story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


"Sun And Shadow"
© The Reporter, Mar 1953
The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953

"The Taxpayer"
(The Martian Chronicles)
© The Martian Chronicles, 1950

"The Terrible Conflagration Up at the Place"
© I Sing the Body Electric, 1969

"There Will Come Soft Rains"
(also as "August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains")
© Colliers, May 1950
The Martian Chronicles, 1950
--short story : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /15 (tie)
--/ third place apocalyptic sf story
--/ style award
--/ emotion award
--/ shock value


"These Things Happen"
(also as "A Story of Love")
© McCall's, May 1951
Long After Midnight, 1976

"The Third Expedition"
(also as "Mars Is Heaven!")
(The Martian Chronicles)
© Planet Stories, Fll 1948
The Martian Chronicles, 1950
--short story : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /27 (tie)
--/ third place space sf story
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ wonder award
--/ humour award


"The Time Machine"
(also as "The Last, the Very Last")
(Dandelion Wine)
© The Reporter, Jun 1955
R Is for Rocket, 1962
Dandelion Wine, 1964
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award
--/ emotion award


"To the Future"
(also as "The Fox and the Forest")
© Colliers, May 1950
russ. as "Koshki Myshki"
--/ cool sf story

"The Tombling Day"
© Shenandoah, Fall 1952
I Sing the Body Electric, 1969

"Tomorrow and Tomorrow"
© Fantastic Adventures, May 1947
Fantastic Stories, Nov 1965
--/ cool sf story

"Tomorrow's Child"
(also as "The Shape of Things")
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Feb 1948
I Sing the Body Electric, 1969
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


"Torrid Sacrifice"
(also as "En La Noche")
© Cavalier, Nov 1952
The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953

"The Troll"
© 1950
The Bradbury Chronicles, ed. by W. Nolan, 1991

--/ fourth place f story
--/ idea award
--/ style award
--/ humour award
--/ rare find

"Tyrannosaurus Rex"
(also as "The Prehistoric Producer")
© The Saturday Evening Post, Jun 1962
The Machineries of Joy, 1964
--/ cool time sf story
--/ wonder award

"Uncle Einar"
© Dark Carnival, 1947
The October Country, 1955
--/ cool sf story
--/ style award

"Usher II"
(also as "Carnival of Madness")
© Thrilling Wonder Stories, Apr 1950
The Martian Chronicles, 1950
The Illustrated Man, 1952
--/ cool sf story

"The Utterly Perfect Murder"
(also as "My Perfect Murder")
© Playboy, Aug 1971
Long After Midnight, 1976
--/ cool sf story

"The Veldt"
(also as "The World the Children Made")
© The Saturday Evening Post, Sep 1950
The Illustrated Man, 1951
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


"The Visitor"
© Startling Stories, Nov 1948
The Illustrated Man, 1951

"The Watchers"
© Weird Tales, May 1945
--/ cool f story

"Way In The Middle Of The Air"
(The Martian Chronicles)
© Other Worlds, Jul 1950
The Martian Chronicles, 1950
--/ cool sf story

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"The Wilderness"
(The Martian Chronicles)
© F&SF, Nov 1952
revised from - Today, Apr 6 1952.
The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953
The Martian Chronicles, 1973
--/ cool sf story

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"The Wind"
© Weird Tales, Mar 1943
Dark Carnival, 1947
The October Country, 1955
--/ cool f story

"The Wish"
© Woman's Day, Dec 1973
Long After Midnight, 1976

"The Women"
© Famous Fantastic Mysteries, Oct 1948
I Sing the Body Electric, 1969
--/ cool f story

"The Wonderful Death Of Dudley Stone"
© Charm, Jul 1954
The October Country, 1955

"The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit"
(also as "The Magic White Suit")
© Saturday Evening Post, Oct 1958
A Medicine for Melancholy, 1959

"The World the Children Made"
(also as "The Veldt")
© The Saturday Evening Post, Sep 1950
The Illustrated Man, 1951
--/ cool sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


"Yes, We'll Gather at the River"
© I Sing the Body Electric, 1969

"Ylla"
(also as "I'll Not Look for Wine")
(The Martian Chronicles)
© Maclean's, Jan 1 1950
The Martian Chronicles, 1950
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


"Zero Hour"
© Planet Stories, Fll 1947
The Illustrated Man, 1951
--/ cool sf story


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